August 2019
Arts for Community
Connection, Collaboration, Education and  Enjoyment
Our Mission

The Raymond Arts Alliance exists to inspire connection, collaboration, education and enjoyment. Its focus is to enrich our community through the 
arts and present events for all ages. RAA encourages community participation 
and provides a space where cultural diversity is celebrated.

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Fund Raiser at Hackers Hill Preserve 
Join us for a cool bit of New England Jazz Band 
 and some fun! See poster below for details.
July 28, 2019

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Sending out a big RAA Thank you to the kind people that support and donate to our community efforts!

 Hole in the Wall Gallery
Gem Lounge Jewelry   
Paris Farmer's Union   
 The Estate of Lucinda Talbot 
   Beacon Pizza
Sebago Trails Paddling
 Cricket's Corner Shoppe
The Village Donut Shop and Bakery
Good Life Market
The Mosquito
The New England Jazz Band
The Raymond Arts Alliance Presents 

Internationally Renowned Comic Performer 
Randy Judkins
"Hows Your Laugh Life?"

August 3, 2019
(Doors open at 6:30)
Raymond Village Community Church
27 Main Street, Raymond
Suggested Donation$10.00

The Raymond Arts Alliance is hosting a performan ce on August 3, featuring the comic arts of Randy Judkins. Randy, a past resident of Raymond, is recognized throughout the United States as a popular, professional new-vaudeville stage artist, a visually engaging performer, and an entertainer who also educates. He has instructed at the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey's Clown College in Florida, and has served as a character consultant for Tri-Star Pictures in Hollywood, California.
The title for the evening performance is "How's Your Laugh Life?" Randy will do all the things he is most famous for: juggling, character-based comedy, magic, and more! And while all the fun happens, he will also educate - discussing how the brain reacts to humor, laughter, and why it is so helpful to our general health and well being. So come on down, and learn how to answer the important question - "How's Your Laugh Life?"
The performance will take place at the Raymond Village Community Church, 27 Main St. in Raymond. It will start at 7pm, and the doors open at 6:30. There is a suggested donation of $10. Light refreshments will be served.

To learn more about Randy, visit his website at:

or through Facebook:

Come Visit With Raymond's 
Best Kept Secret:
Father and Son Artists, 
Don and Holden Willard
Don Willard, lifelong " found objects, assemblage sculptor" (now trending as Steam Punk) and his son Holden, a talented Fine Artist will be available to talk about  their work . Come meet the Artists!!!
Raymond Village Library
3 Meadow Road, Raymond, ME
  Monday, August 5, 2019
6:00-8:00 pm

Don Willard is best known as the Town Manager of Raymond, having dedicated his time to that position in service of the needs of residents here since December of 2000.

His son, Holden, a 2017 Graduate of Windham High School, now enrolled in Montserrat College of Art in Beverly MA, is also, now becoming known for his artistic skill, having received the "Best in Show" award from "The Works", a worldwide competition sponsored by the Cultural Center of Cape Cod.  
But did you know that his father is also a man of great talent and creativity? Come enjoy the inspiring, and thought provoking creations of this prolific, yet entirely unique, father and son, exhibiting during the months of July and August as part of Raymond Arts Alliance:  "Artists in the Library" program at the Raymond Village Library. 

 A Writing Workshop

As a verb, to prompt means to cue to get going. As a noun, a writing prompt  is a suggestion of what to write about. In this workshop, "Prompt!" will be both.  

Come enjoy what happens when the same prompt activates the very unique ideas  and stories of multiple people. We will have writing time for 4 - 6 prompts. This  fun and inspiring workshop with Diana Altman has been so enjoyed these past two  summers, we're aspiring to making it annual! This year, as time allows, there will  be some feedback to writers and their "Prompt" creations!

Sunday, August 18, 2019 
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Nathaniel  Hawthorne House, 
Hawthorne Rd. Raymond

Registration required @ 712-6200
 Suggested donation: $7.00

Diana is an independent film historian and fiction writer, whose
work has appeared in the NY Times, American Heritage,  Forbes Woman, Story Quarterly and other places. She is the author
of the novel, In Theda Bara's Tent and the non-fiction film history
Hollywood East: Louis B. Mayer and the Origins of the Studio
System. A short story, "In The Wrong Skin", appeared in the
Summer 2018 issue of The Notre Dame Review. Come enjoy
Diana's reading of her recently published novel: We Never Told, at
Longfellow Books in Portland on August 22nd, 7pm!

Past participants feedback included:
-"Thanks! This really gave my writing the jumpstart it needed!".
-"I'm not even a writer, but this workshop really sparked my creativity!" 
. . . . "I only came to support my friend, but I had such a good time!" And, "I was so surprised by what we were all writing!"

Raymond Arts Alliance Scholarship Fundraiser

September 7, 2019
1:00- 3:30 PM
163 Raymond Hill Rd

~ Donations gladly accepted ~ 

Multiple bands will perform to help launch the Raymond Arts Alliance Artist Scholarship Fund! 
Come enjoy:
David Young
and the Interstate Kings
The Disclaimers
Dos Conosos
 Rain date: Sept. 14

Artists In The Library Schedule

We are constantly reminded of how many talented people live in Raymond.  Why not give them a place to show the community what they can do?  Raymond Arts Alliance and Raymond Village Library have teamed up to showcase local talent!  Every 2 months a new artist will have their work on display at Raymond Village Library at 3 Meadow Road, Raymond. 

Here's the line-up of amazing artists!!!
July and August 2019: 
Holden and Don Willard, Sculptor & Fine Artist

September and October 2019:
 Bruce Small, Photographer

November and December 2019: 
 Library Art and Craft Show

January and February 2020:  
Melanie Tornberg, Painter

March and April 2020: 
Robert Grimm, Wood Carver
May and June 2020:
OPEN! email if you are interested!

July and August 2020:
Sandra Crowell, Painter

If you would like to exhibit your work in the Raymond Village Library, send inquiries:

Do you know somebody....
Who might know somebody....
Who could know somebody else .....
Who might even be you!!!
We are looking for a music leader for our Community Sing.

It could be for a season or just a couple of times or for a continuous program. Please let us know if you have any ideas about this program. Thanks!

Raymond Arts Alliance is a program of the Raymond Village Library
in partnership with the Raymond Village Community Church.